2020 Jeep Cherokee

2020 Jeep Cherokee Review: Tough And Tenacious

The Cherokee, a proud tribe of native Americans, renowned for their rich culture and fighting prowess, has lost the battle of the brands to a car manufacturer by the name of Jeep, who produce a range of rugged SUVs that goes by the same moniker. At least the automotive version shares the tribe's tenacity, toughness, and free spirit. The 2020 Jeep Cherokee builds on the fifth-generation base, which was first introduced in 2013, and is offered in a dizzying nine different trim levels, with three engine options and more optional extras than you can shake a peace pipe at. 2020 sees the addition of some new driver assistance features. As with the rest of the Jeep range, the Cherokee is a competent off-roading machine when selected with the right drivetrain setup, but is also a pleasant thing to drive around town, despite its below-average fuel consumption. Starting at $25,935, the Cherokee offers a good mix of daily driving pleasure and will rise up to some off-road challenges when called upon.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 Cherokee?

The Jeep Cherokee went through some significant changes in 2019, including a redesigned front end with redesigned daytime running lamps, enhanced four-wheel-drive systems, improved infotainment options, and more. The all-new for 2019 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot engine makes its way into the 2020 car, and we're not complaining. With all these changes still front of mind, it is understandable that Jeep has decided to keep changes minimal for 2020. A newly available advanced safety package includes forward-collision warning, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and lane departure warning, and the new decade also welcomes two new exterior paint colors, namely Sangria and Spitfire orange.

Pros and Cons

  • It's still good off-road
  • It handles well on the black stuff too
  • It's become quite a legendary thing
  • Good infotainment system
  • The base engine is a dud
  • Below-average cargo capacity
  • Fuel economy takes a hit on specific models
  • It gets a bit pricey

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2020 Jeep Cherokee Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.4L Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
3.2L V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
3.2L V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
3.2L V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
Latitude Plus
2.4L Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive

Cherokee Exterior

The 2020 Cherokee is so far removed from its original exterior design that you'd be hard-pressed to make a connection if you didn't know the brand; even the iconic second-generation XJ barely resembles the fifth-gen KL. We think that it has lost some of its bold appeal in its young age. At least there are a good number of exterior features on offer. In base form, the Cherokee comes equipped with LED headlights and taillights, as well as LED daytime running lamps, power, and heated body-colored side mirrors, and roof rails. Latitude plus models get a set of LED foglights, while Trailhawks get a 115-volt auxiliary power outlet, dual rear exhaust exits with bright tips, off-road wheel flares and off-road accent-color fascias with a rear skid plate. Limited models kick things up a notch with a standard power liftgate, and bright daylight opening bezels. Limited edition models such as the Upland score matte black tow hooks, while Altitude models include gloss black roof rails and 18-inch gloss black wheels.

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Exterior dimensions are dictated by drivetrain configuration, so while most figures remain the same across the board, cars equipped with the Jeep Active Drive 2 system, and Jeep Active Drive Lock system will differ slightly. The 2020 Cherokee rides on a 106.5-inch wheelbase, which grows to 107 and 107.1 on Active Drive 2 and Active Drive Lock variants. The overall length varies between 182 to just over 183 inches depending on variant, which is almost three inches longer than both the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape. Overall width is measured at 73.6 inches, growing to 74.9 on Trailhawk cars. Since the Jeep Cherokee has the capability of doing some serious offroading, we should mention its approach angle of between 16 and 28.8 degrees depending on trim. Breakover angle ranges between 17.7 for Active Drive vehicles, all the way to 22.9 degrees at the top of the range. Similarly, the departure angle starts from 25.2 and goes all the way to 32.2 degrees. Ground clearance is measured at 6.1 inches for Latitude cars, growing to an impressive 8.7 inches on top of the range models. Curb weights also vary considerably: the lightest Cherokee, the FWD 2.4-liter, will tip the scales at 3,655 lbs, while a 3.2-liter 4x4 with locking differential weighs 4,108 pounds.

  • Length 182.0 in
  • Wheelbase 106.5 in
  • Height 65.7 in
  • Max Width 73.2 in
  • Front Width 62.7 in
  • Rear Width 63.1 in
  • Curb Weight 3,590.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

Whether it's on the road or off it, the Cherokee stands out from the pavement crawling SUV crowd, and its cool range of exterior paint colors gives it some added street cred. One of the few changes to the 2020 Cherokee comes in the form of two new exterior paint options, namely Sangria Metallic, and Spitfire Orange, both colors that will snap your neck back on the trails of Nevada or Idaho. For those who want to keep things simple, Jeep offers color classics such as Bright White, Billet Silver Metallic, and Diamond Black Crystal Pearl. In keeping with the Cherokee's off-road heritage, some camouflage-inspired colors such as Light Brownstone Pearl and Olive Green Pearl are available too. There's something for everyone here, and if we had the choice, we'd go with the Sting-Gray or Olive Green Pearl.

  • Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat
  • Blue Shade Pearlcoat
  • Diamond Black Crystal Pearlcoat
  • Light Brownstone Pearlcoat
  • Olive Green Pearlcoat
  • Velvet Red Pearlcoat
  • Sting-Gray Clearcoat
  • Hydro Blue Pearlcoat
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat
  • Bright White Clearcoat
  • Spitfire Orange Clearcoat, Build Out: 07/17/2019
  • Sangria Metallic Clearcoat, Build Out: 07/17/2019
  • Sangria Metallic Clearcoat

Cherokee Performance

Performance ranges from stunted to reasonably good, depending on the choice of engine, but the 2020 Cherokee will keep up with its contemporaries, for the most part. On city and suburban roads, where the Cherokee will spend most of its time, performance is good, especially from higher capacity and turbocharged engines, but the Jeep still struggles to get away from the line in certain trims. Out on the open road, base trim Cherokees struggle to keep up with the pack, and when fully loaded, demands careful planning before an overtaking maneuver is executed. Turbocharged models will tow 4,000 pounds, but the old-school V6 will easily pull 4,500 lbs. Fitted with the large capacity V6 and 4x4 system, the Cherokee will manage a sprint time of just below seven seconds, according to independent testers, and Jeep says that the 4x4 turbo variant will drop that time by 0.5 seconds. Not bad for an off-roading SUV.

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Engine and Transmission

Three engine options dictate the level of performance on offer in the 2020 Jeep Cherokee. Base models get equipped with the tried and trusted 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine, which produces 180 hp at a peaky 6,400 rpm, and 171 lb-ft of torque at 4,600 rpm. This engine, just like the rest of the range, is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Around town, this engine just about cuts it, but hit the highway or steep mountain trails, and it falls flat on its face. It's way too peaky and feels gutless most of the time. The old-school 3.2-liter V6 is the most powerful when it comes to horsepower ratings: it produces a total amount of 271 and also kicks out 239 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain option has the largest towing capacity of the bunch and offers linear acceleration. Finally, we get the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot engine which was introduced in 2019, it delivers 270 hp and an impressive 295 lb-ft of torque lower down in the rev range. This engine is our choice, and while it might sound characterless, it pulls the Cherokee along with convincing gusto. Power is sent to the front or all wheels via a nine-speed auto, which offers smooth shifts and effortless acceleration when unhurried, but ends up hunting for gears when pushed, a characteristic that gets terribly annoying in everyday driving situations. Base 4x4 models are equipped with Jeep's Selec-Terrain traction management system, which allows the driver to switch between modes to suit current driving situations.

All 4x4 equipped Latitude and Latitude Plus, Upland, Limited, and High Altitude trim levels come with Jeep's Active Drive I system. Hardcore Trailhawk cars get Selec Speed control as standard, and Active Drive Lock is not available to any model other than the Trailhawk.

  • Engines
    2.0L Turbo, 2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 2.4L Inline-4 Gas, 3.2L Twincharged, 3.2L V6 Gas, Engine: 3.2L V6 24V VVT w/ESS
  • Transmission
    9-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    4X4, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Over the years, the Cherokee family of offroading SUVs have improved their on-road manners considerably, and the 2020 car proves to be the best of the lot. On the road, the Cherokee offers a beautifully compliant ride, and we commend Jeep for striking such a good balance between car-like composure and flexible off-road damping. At low speeds the Cherokee eats up undulations on the road, and high-speed cruising is simply a pleasure. The ride becomes slightly harsher when the Cherokee is fitted with 18 or 19-inch wheels, but it's not unbearable by any means. The Cherokee will handle long corners at higher speeds without complaint, but shows its SUV roots when chucked around a corner with too much enthusiasm. Understeer is the name of the game here. Off the road, the comfort biased suspension setup is a boon; rough bits are swallowed with glee, especially in cars with the available off-road suspension setup, which allows for increased wheel travel and overall pliability. The braking system is one of the best we've tested in the class and offers beautifully linear stopping power.

Cherokee Gas Mileage

The Jeep Cherokee is thirstier than its contemporaries, across the board. For those that aren't so serious about off-roading, the bigger fuel bills will most likely drive them toward the competition. The most economical of the lot is the FWD 2.0-liter turbocharged car, which delivers 23/31/26 mpg city/highway/combined. That number will drop all the way down to 18/24/21 mpg for the heavier 3.2-liter V6 4x4 Cherokee Trailhawk. By comparison, both the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape will manage 30 mpg in their most efficient form. All models are fitted with a 15.9-gallon fuel tank, which allows the 2020 Jeep Cherokee to travel anywhere from 334 to 546 miles between fill-ups.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    15.8 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 22/31 mpg
* 2020 Jeep Cherokee Latitude FWD

Cherokee Interior

It has been a long time since Jeep has sold a Cherokee with utilitarian interior design. The interior of the 2020 car is typically modern and car-like, and you'd be fooled to think that you're driving a capable off-roading machine when you sit behind the wheel of anything but the hardcore Trailhawk Cherokee. Latitude models offer a standard Parkview back-up camera with dynamic gridlines as well as air conditioning and a 12-Volt aux power outlet. Hardcore Trailhawk models add Nappa leather-trimmed heated front seats, and all-season floor mats, as well as dual-zone automatic climate control. Front seats range from a six-way driver and four-way manually adjustable passenger seat setup in the Latitude to a four-way power-adjustable driver's seat in Latitude Plus models, and eight-way seats come standard in trim models such as the Latitude Plus and Altitude.

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Seating and Interior Space

The Jeep Cherokee isn't all about climbing over rocks or your neighbor's collection of dwarf Hulk Hogan garden statues; it's also a practical SUV that can do the school run without breaking a sweat, and with miles of interior space there's no wonder why this American icon is still a family favorite. Headroom in the front of the 2020 Cherokee comes in at 39.4 inches in the front and 38.5 inches in the rear without a sunroof. Six-footers won't be bending their necks here. The Cherokee's party trick is it's more than generous amount of legroom: front seat occupants get 41.1 inches, and those in the back get a massive 40.3 inches.

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 41.1 in
  • Front Head Room 39.4 in
  • Rear Leg Room 40.3 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.5 in

Interior Colors and Materials

For a car with such a rugged persona, the 2020 Jeep Cherokee sure comes with a lot of styling interior materials and color schemes, but nevertheless, the cabin is a comfortable place to be in, the front seats offer good support, and the whole lot feels well put together. Base model cars get cloth upholstery, as well as liquid titanium bezels and door inserts. You also get a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Trailhawk trim Cherokees get fabric, and leather-trimmed seats, with fabric inserts and Nappa bolsters with Ruby Red accent stitching. Trailhawk Elite models get heated leather seats available in Iceland Black. The Limited trim gets Nappa leather seats, while special edition cars get their own unique style. Upland cars offer a black interior with Viper Blue accent stitching and silver anodized accents, Altitude cars get black piano accents, and the High Altitude features anodized GunMetal and Piano Black interior accents, as well as Tungsten interior accent stitching.

Cherokee Trunk and Cargo Space

Interior space might be impressive, but trunk space is not as impressive as some of the Cherokee's main competitors and can be considered average at best. With the rear seats in the upright position, the Cherokee offers 25.8 cubic feet of trunk space, which seems tight when compared to the Ford Escape's 37.5, or the Toyota RAV4's 37.6 cubic feet. Fold the second-row 60/40 split-folding seats down, and the Cherokee offers up 54.7 cubic feet of space, almost ten less than the Ford and Toyota. A high liftover doesn't help either. Small-item storage is also middling; you get a glovebox, center storage bin, a secret compartment in front of the shifter, and a scattering of cupholders.

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Cherokee Infotainment and Features


Gone are the days when the most you could expect from a Cherokee was a couple of seats, a steering wheel, and a shifter. The 2020 Cherokee impresses with a feature list that includes some premium equipment, especially in Trailhawk and Limited trim cars. Entry-level Latitude models feature LED lighting, power, and heated side mirrors, as well as a set of roof rails on the outside. The cabin is at the receiving end of an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, four USB ports, keyless entry with push-button start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, as well as a Selec-Terrain traction management system. Latitude Plus cars add LED fog lamps, trailer sway control, and blind-spot monitoring as well as rear cross-traffic assistance. The Trailhawk trim gets dual-zone automatic climate control, Nappa leather inserts, and a number of exterior design features such as off-road wheel arches, a matte black hood decal, and dual rear exhaust tips. Move up to the Limited, and you'll get a universal garage door opener, a power liftgate, Nappa leather-trimmed heated front seats, and ParkSense rear park assist. The High Altitude includes navigation.


Jeep has come a long way in terms of its infotainment offerings: 2020 models are fitted with either a seven or eight-inch touchscreen display with clear menu icons and fluid transitions, which prove to be intuitive, even for first-time users. Base models get a seven-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, integrated voice command with Bluetooth, and SiriusXM satellite radio, paired to a six-speaker sound system. Move up to the Trailhawk and the infotainment upgrades to an 8.4-inch display, but if you want the ultimate in in-car entertainment, you'll have to stretch for a Limited car, which adds a premium Alpine sound system with nine speakers and a built-in subwoofer with a 506-watt amplifier. This system sounds great, especially when pumping Send Me a Postcard by Shocking Blue. High Altitude models also get integrated navigation. Behind the steering wheel, the Latitude features a 3.5-inch high-resolution thin film transistor cluster, which grows to a seven-inch full-color multi-view display in the Trailhawk and above. 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity is standard on selected models.

Cherokee Problems and Reliability

The fifth-generation Cherokee has been around since 2014, and in that period, has faced its fair share of recalls. In 2018 the Cherokee was recalled for a number of worrisome issues ranging from fuel leaks and failing voltage regulators through to the cruise control not being able to cancel. In 2019 certain Cherokees were recalled for failing steering racks and failing instrument clusters. J.D. Power has given the 2020 Cherokee a consumer verified reliability rating of 77 out of 100. The Cherokee is covered by a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile warranty for corrosion, drivetrain parts, and roadside assistance.


  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

Cherokee Safety

When the first Cherokee was released, its ability to keep its occupants safe was purely based on the driver's ability to not hit a deer, another car, or any other inanimate object. Due to the devolution of driving ability observed in modern times, car manufacturers have had to increase safety levels, and you'll be happy to hear that the 2020 Jeep Cherokee is one of the safer SUVs on the road. The NHTSA gave the 2020 model a full five out of five stars, and the IIHS awarded it with the prestigious Top Safety Pick award. The inclusion of standard LED headlights and basic driver assistance features across the range is a boon for the safety of all occupants.

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Key Safety Features

Jeep has done its homework: the 2020 Cherokee is one safe car and comes standard with a range of active driver assistance systems that have helped it score a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. Standard safety features across the board include eight airbags, hill start assist, a ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic guidelines, and trailer sway control. Latitude plus cars add notable safety features such as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic assistance. The advanced safety group package adds rain-sensing window wipers, forward collision warning with emergency forward braking, as well as lane-keep, and lane change assistance. The Trailhawk trim's available technology package also adds high-beam assist, adaptive cruise control, and parallel and perpendicular park assist.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Jeep Cherokee a good SUV?

The Cherokee has been a staple of American SUV and offroading life for over half a century and continues to capture the hearts of Americans of all ages and means. The fifth-generation Cherokee has been on sale since November 2013 but has seen numerous updates since, and the 2020 model on review is the most capable and feature-rich one yet. Jeep gives buyers a massive range of trim levels and optional extras to choose from, so there's something for everyone. We like that the Cherokee is capable of being a family-friendly SUV, and serious off-road contender at the same time and that Jeep gives you the option to go with a city crawling FWD, or hardcore 4x4. The engine options range from weedy to plucky, and on the road, the Cherokee delivers a composed and surprisingly refined ride. The interior of the Cherokee is a relaxed and well-designed space that feels refined and well put together, and the infotainment system is up there with the best. Jeep has once again proven that building an off-road machine doesn't have to come at a cost to comfort and daily driveability.

🚘What's the Price of the 2020 Jeep Cherokee?

The 2020 Cherokee's asking price spans over a wide range and starts with the entry-level Latitude, which goes for $25,740, or $27,240 in 4x4 guise. This price excludes tax, registration, and a destination fee of $1,495. After the Latitude, there are still eight trim levels to go. The Latitude Plus starts at $27,200 for the FWD and $28,700 for the 4x4. Altitude models start at $28,390, and head up to $29,890 in 4x4 configuration. The exclusively 4x4 Upland goes for $30,620. Premium spec Limited models will set you back a minimum of $31,350, and the 4x4 North Edition costs $31,505. Hardcore Trailhawk cars go for $34,310, and the exclusive High Altitude will set you back $35,090 in FWD guise, and $36,390 in 4x4 spec.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Models

There are a staggering nine different trim levels to choose from for 2020, so if you don't find a Cherokee to suit your needs, then you were never interested in it in the first place. The range comprises Latitude, Latitude Plus, Upland, Altitude, Limited, North Edition, Trailhawk, High Altitude, and the Trailhwak Elite.

With the Latitude, which gets the base 2.4-liter four-pot engine, LED headlights, and a Uconnect seven-inch infotainment display is standard.

The Cherokee Latitude Plus is next up and adds features such as LED foglights, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic control.

Upland cars feature 17-inch Black Noise aluminum wheels, black interior with Viper Blue accent stitching, and off-road wheel flares.

Next, Altitude cars feature 18-inch gloss black alloy wheels and piano black interior accents.

Limited models get premium features such as Nappa leather-trimmed heated front seats and an Alpine premium sound system with nine speakers.

The North Edition is filled with a good amount of tech features, including integrated navigation, the larger 8.4-inch infotainment display and 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot. You also get a set of 17-inch painted diamond-cut alloy wheels and heated front seats.

The rough and ready Trailhawk gets off-road suspension with a raised one-inch ride height with a skid plate and the upgraded Uconnect 4C 8.4-inch display with built-in navigation.

High Altitude models get 19-inch Granite Crystal Aluminum wheels, Tungsten interior accent stitching, and a Granite Crystal and Black grille.

At the pinnacle of the range, the Trailhawk Elite gets unique offroading touches such as Mopar rock rails and off-road suspension.

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Additional Packages

Jeep didn't think that offering nine different trim levels was enough, so it offers a wide range of optional packages as well. Base model cars are available with the $695 SafetyTec package, which adds features such as blind-spot and rear cross-traffic control, and ParkSense rear park assists with stop feature.

Altitude trim cars have the option of a $995 comfort and convenience package, which adds dual-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and universal garage door opener, amongst others. If you're looking for a more premium experience, then the Limited trim is available with a $1,445 luxury group package that sprinkles the interior with goodies like carpeted cargo trim panels, a hands-free power liftgate and ventilated front seats.

The $1,595 technology group adds a serious amount of advanced features such as adaptive cruise control, advanced brake assist, and side distance warning.

🚗What Jeep Cherokee Model Should I Buy?

The Cherokee is many things to many people, and finding the right fit shouldn't be a difficult job at all. We'll look at both a city-friendly suburban SUV and an Off-road style option. For those who're planning on sticking to the city limits, we'd suggest going with an FWD Latitude Plus with the $2,245 turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. Not only is this configuration the most fuel-efficient, but the low-down torque of the turbocharged four-pot makes driving in the city a pleasure, despite hints of turbo lag. The Latitude Plus also offers blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-path detection. For those planning on hitting the trails, the only option really is the Trailhawk, which features a standard 3.2-liter V6 engine, and an Active Drive Lock system, which includes a two-speed 4x4 system with rear locker.

2020 Jeep Cherokee Comparisons

Jeep Grand Cherokee Jeep
Jeep Compass CarBuzz
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Jeep Cherokee180 hp22/31 mpg$27,210
Jeep Grand Cherokee 293 hp19/26 mpg$33,275
Jeep Compass 180 hp23/32 mpg$22,280

2020 Jeep Cherokee vs Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Grand Cherokee is the big brother of the Cherokee range, and it's bigger, more capable, and more pricey. The 2020 Grand Cherokee is powered by either a 3.6-liter V6, 5.7-liter V8, 6.4-liter V8, or a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, so power is clearly a non-issue. Power is sent to the rear or all wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Grand Cherokee places a more pronounced focus on luxury and off-road capability than the standard Cherokee with features such as a standard Quadra-Lift air suspension system and Selec-Terrain traction management on 4x4 cars being standard. Move up the range, and the Grand Cherokee transforms from comfortable SUV with off-roading intentions to track-focused fire-breathing monsters, which would fail spectacularly on anything but the smoothest road surfaces. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, for instance, produces 707 hp and features a Selec-Track adaptive damping system with track, sport, auto, snow, and tow modes. The Grand Cherokee does what it says in the name: it delivers a grand experience, well at least when compared to the smaller and less powerful Cherokee. If you need the extra space and appreciate a premium driving experience, go for the Grand Cherokee.

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2020 Jeep Cherokee vs Jeep Compass

The Compass slots in underneath the Cherokee and offers compact crossover SUV thrills to those looking for something more rugged than the average small SUV. All 2020 Compass vehicles are powered by the same 2.4-liter four-pot engine that does duty in the Cherokee, but in this smaller and lighter package, delivers better performance. Gas mileage, on the other hand, is not that impressive: the most efficient Compass will only manage 23/32/26 mpg city/highway/combined. On the road, the Compass feels more like a four-door hatchback than full-blown SUV, which will appeal to those who do more city driving than anything else, and its light steering and nippy turn-in is a boon for driving in tight city traffic. The interior of the Compass resembles that of the Cherokee, but it can't match the Cherokee for passenger space or trunk space. Higher trim Compass SUVs get standard driver assistance features, but in lower trims, it offers a more basic setup. We'd recommend getting the Compass if you don't need the extra space or capability of the Cherokee, but still appreciate the above-average off-roading capability that Jeep brings to the table.

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